Men's Golf Sets Team Record; Finishes 3rd At Kauai Invite

Lihue, Kauai-----San Jose State University set a school record for best team score in a 54-hole competition finishing 21-under par at the Kauai Collegiate Invitational men’s golf tournament.

    The Spartans completed their fall tournament schedule with a flourish with a 10-under par final round score of 278 for an 843 team total. The previous San Jose State record for 54 holes was a 19-under par total at the 2007 Pacific Invitational in Stockton.

    Rosco Valentine and Nick Brown, both playing in their first tournament of the season, each shot a five-under par 67 on the 6,942-yard Paukea Golf Course. Mark Hubbard, the team’s most consistent player of the fall, was at one-under 71. Peter Gibbs chipped in with a 73.

    San Jose State did not count the score of second-round tournament leader Jay Myers, who had a two-over par 74 to finish at eight-under 208 and in eighth place in the 75-player field.

    “Jay had a couple of bad breaks, like finding his ball in plugged lies, early and in the middle of the round. He’d bounce back and then run into more bad luck. It just wasn’t his day,” said San Jose State coach John Kennaday, who had four of his five players post at least one round of 67 or lower.

“He’ll have more good days down the road,” added the Spartans’ coach about Myers, a freshman from San Jose’s Branham High who played the last two tournaments in 14-under par.

Even with its best 18 holes as a team this fall and a school scoring record, San Jose State was third, the best of the season, behind the University of San Diego’s 39-under par 825 and North Carolina Wilmington’s 840. Drake was fourth in the 14-team field at 845 and Utah rounded out the top five teams at 852. The Spartans did finish ahead of the three other Western Athletic Conference teams in the field Louisiana Tech, Boise State and host, Hawaii.

“This was a good tract (Puakea Golf Course). You could post a good score, but it wasn’t easy. There are some very good golf holes out there,” Kennaday said about the five-year-old course, the newest on the island.

“We had our best team performance of the fall. The guys worked together well and stuck to the game plan. I’m very encouraged.” In four tournaments, San Jose State went from 28-over par as a team in the season opener to 21-under at Kauai - a 49-stroke swing.

Derek Wallace of North Carolina Wilmington had the low score of the final round, an eight-under par 64, to capture medalist honors with a 201 total. Wallace was a stroke better than San Diego’s Jake Yount, who posted a third-round 67.

Myers’ eighth-place finish was his second top-10 placing of the fall. Hubbard notched his third top-10 finish in four fall tournaments tying for tenth place at 210.

“We still have a lot of work left to do. Again, we left a lot of strokes out on the course. We got a glimpse of our potential this week. Now, it’s up to us to reach our potential and make it happen,” summarized Kennaday following the final tournament on the fall schedule.

“This is a very coachable team. Our winter training will be key how well we work and work together; how hard we work and prepare for the spring season. That will determine how far this team can go.”

Final 54-hole results from the Kauai Collegiate Invitational men’s golf tournament
Puakea Golf Course, Lihue, Kauai
Par 72, 6,954 yards

Team scores

1. San Diego    825
2. North Carolina Wilmington    840
3. San Jose State    843
4. Drake    845
5. Utah     852
6. San Francisco    853
7. James Madison    858
8. Loyola Marymount    859
    Louisiana Tech    859
10. Gonzaga    860
11. Boise state    861
12. Hawaii    870
13. UC Riverside    887
14. Osaka Gakuin    896

Top individuals
1. Derek Wallace, North Carolina Wilmington    67-70-64-201
2. Jake Yount, San Diego    72-63-67-202
3. Blake Brown, Boise State    68-68-67-203
4. Chance Cota, Utah    69-67-69-205
    Alex Ching, San Diego    69-69-67-205
7. Blake Trimble, San Diego    74-64-69-207
8. Jay Myers, San Jose State    70-64-74-208
9. Ben Freeman, Drake    69-71-69-209
10. Mark Hubbard, San Jose Sate    66-73-71-210
      Matthew Harvey, Louisiana Tech    70-75-65-210
      Fielding Brewbaker, James Madison    72-69-69-210
      Scott Loewen, Boise State    72-68-70-210
      Cody Schweinfus, Drake    71-69-70-210

More San Jose State Scores

19. Rosco Valentine    73-73-67-213
19. Nick Brown    74-72-67-213
60. Peter Gibbs    80-73-73-226